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Thursday, Jan 13, 2011

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NEWS

NOMINATE FACULTY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDSNEW

UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2011 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 18.

2011 ANNIVERSARIES/MILESTONESNEW

If your department or program will mark a special anniversary or milestone thisyear, please share that information by e-mailing liz.conklin@uni.edu.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE CHANGES FOR MLK HOLIDAY

Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, the deadline for the Tuesday, Jan. 18 UNI Online is 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13. The deadline for the next MyUNIverse News is noon, Friday, Jan. 14.

ADP SERVICE-LEARING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 21NEW

Applications for Service Learning Fellowships are due at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21. For more information or applications, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 (ADP-UNI@UNI.edu) or Al Hays at 3-2910 (Allen.Hays@UNI.edu) or visit http://www.uni.edu/adp. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP) and the provost's office.

MOTOR VEHICLE USE POLICY UPDATEDNEW

The President's Cabinet recently approved an update to the Motor Vehicle and Fuel Use Policy, 9.63, University Policies and Procedures. Faculty and staff should review the policy to familiarize themselves with the requirements to utilize the university's motor pool. See http://www.uni.edu/policies/963.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Dean Watson, College of Education, had a guest opinion piece published in the Des Moines Register. http://preview.tinyurl.com/4kpjcvh

Chris Edginton, HPELS, had a guest opinion piece published in the Des Moines Business Record. http://www.pageturnpro.com/Business-Publications/22027-Business-Record-1-7-11/index.html#20.

MILITARY SCIENCE, UNI-CUE WILL CHANGE REPORTING ROLE

To foster a closer working relationship with faculty and to contribute to future interdisciplinary collaboration, two units which have previously reported to the provost’s office will now report to the colleges.  The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNICUE) will report to the dean of the College of Education and the Department of Military Science will report to the dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  This change was effective Jan. 10, 2011.

STUDENT AFFAIRS EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE

The Division of Student Affairs annually recognizes exemplary performance of its staff with the Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. The four award recipients honored at the Jan. 6 recognition event were Darla Smith, Deb Bartels, Ruther Dixon and David Schmid. More information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs.

MCELROY FELLOWSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDY

Consider nominating an outstanding undergraduate student for the McElroy Fellowship. Students must have graduated in December 2010 or graduate in May 2011 with a liberal arts degree. Students must intend to pursue a Ph.D. Awardees will receive $10,000 per year for three years to help defray education costs. In addition to an above-average academic record, students will be evaluated on their character, leadership and general interests as expressed by extracurricular activities that give evidence of initiative, commitment and discipline. For application details, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/. For application materials, contact Cheryl Nedrow at 3-2748 or cheryl.nedrow@uni.edu.

RAS AND PAIRS FOCUS ON RESIDENTS' ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Resident assistants (RAs) are live-in peer leaders who challenge students to learn where they live: on campus at UNI. In October, RAs worked with Academic Advising's PAIRs (Peer Advisors in Residence) to provide 88 academic success bulletin boards and 153 academic programs, attended by 1,214 students.

PLAN NOW FOR UNI UP CLOSE

UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors. Following the success of previous Up Close events, two days are planned for spring semester. The 2010 events hosted approximately 847 students and their guests. Of those 847 students, 773 currently are enrolled freshmen. Mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 25, and start planning your involvement at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/.

FACULTY USING ELEARNING (WEBCT/BLACKBOARD)

Those of you using UNI's eLearning system may want to inform your students that there are numerous 45-minute sessions offered Wednesday and Thursday this week and Tuesday and Wednesday next week to help them be successful with the system. The schedule can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/training/calendar.

INK AND TONER CARTRIDGESNEW

Campus Supply has one 36A black toner cartridge and 14 black ink cartridges free to any department on campus. These are for departmental use only. If interested, contact Pam Rousselow at 273-2451.

GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION ACT (GINA)NEW

On Monday, Jan. 10, Title II regulations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became effective. This prohibits discrimination in employment based on genetic information. For more information and resources on GINA, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/bestpractices/gina.shtml. For questions on GINA, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422.

CAREER TRAINING FOR STUDENTS

UNI Career Services will offer 16 workshops, two career fairs and will be in eight locations this semester to help students find career success. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/docs/spring11.pdf.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

DON'T CANCEL CLASSNEW

UNI Career Services is ready to fill-in for faculty who have open dates to attend conferences or are ill. The "Don't Cancel Class" program will bring a professional staff member from Career Services to your class to discuss career related topics including networking, resumes, interviewing and internships. E-mail Matt.Nuese@uni.edu to schedule.

FACULTY CONSULTATIONSNEW

Do you want your students to improve their reading of your course texts? The Reading & Learning Center collaborates with faculty to help students read more critically and actively. For more information, contact gina.burkart@uni.edu.

STUDY YOUR TEACHING PRACTICENEW

A meeting for faculty interested in studying their own teaching practice will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the College Eye Room, MAU. The study will be based on the self-study of teaching practices. See an example of previous work at http://www.cs.uni.edu/~east/ttl/. The exact method(s) of study will be determined by the group(s) that day. If you have texts or suggestions you think would be useful, bring them to the meeting. For more information, e-mail eastk@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MLK DAY CELEBRATION

Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a celebration of his life works and accomplishments. The event will take place  at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the CME (upper level of Maucker Union).

CITIZENS FOR UNDOING RACISMNEW

An open group meeting titled "Moving Forward to Undo Racism " will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at Jubilee Resource Center-United Methodist Church, 1621 E. 4th St, Waterloo. Hear about the work that Citizens for Undoing Racism is doing in the community, learn about Undoing Racism workshops and make connections with fellow residents concerned with fighting racism in the Cedar Valley. Entertainment and refreshments also will be provided. For more information, contact Justin Kaleas at 239-7811 or jkaleas@hotmail.com. UNI Public Policy is a co-sponsor.

HALF-MASTED AUDITIONSNEW

Half-Masted, UNI's improvisational comedy troupe, will hold auditions from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, and Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Elm Room, MAU. Callbacks will be from  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. Mandatory practices will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 31 through May 8. A UNI performance will take place in April, and other shows before then. More details will be given at the auditions.

CENTER FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION OPENINGNEW

UNI's Center for Violence Prevention will celebrate its opening at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, in CME 109. The program will include speakers from the various state and national organizations supporting the center. For more information, contact Annette Lynch at Annette.lynch@uni.edu or 273-3054. The event is open to the campus.

STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE SPRING BROCHURE AVAILABLE

The Sturgis Youth Theatre is springing into the new year with its popular Play-in-A-Day program for students in first through sixth grades. Each workshop is a "self-contained" session of drama exploration that culminates in the creation of a play that same day. Sessions are $20 each. To view the full brochure, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/.

UNI COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

UNI Community Music School is accepting registrations for a new spring class, Musicmania and Me (M & M). Musicmania and Me is for children in kindergarten through third grade and is based on Orff pedagogy. Activities incorporate dancing, singing, improvised storytelling, games and rhythm fun with xylophones, glockenspiels, drums and other small percussion instruments. M & M spring session: Tuesday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, April 12. Cost: $50. Classes will be held in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 4. Contact: Cindi Mason, UNI Community Music School, 273-2142 or cynthia.mason@uni.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: HEATH MCNEASENEW

Help kick off the Campus Activities Board's first Acoustic Artist Series of the semester with Heath McNease at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Hemisphere Lounge behind Chats, MAU. Come enjoy free, live music and coffee deals from Chats during the show. For more information, visit UNI CAB's Facebook page.

'DIE FLEDERMAUS'NEW

The UNI School of Music and the GBPAC will present the operetta "Die Fledermaus" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The opera revolves around practical jokes, faked identities, long-deliberated revenge and the power of champagne. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit http://www.uni.edu/tickets.

GBPAC PRESENTS 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' JAN. 22 NEW

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. See "Sleeping Beauty" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the GBPAC. Youth tickets for "Sleeping Beauty" are $1. "Curtain Talk" will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

MEANINGFUL ASSESSMENT: AN AUDIO CONFERENCE

Peggy Maki, a national expert on assessment, will lead an audio conference from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in ITTC 134. Maki will provide perspectives on national assessment issues; elements of a collaborative, problem-based framework to assess student learning; and how to produce robust, useful assessment results. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Assessment. http://www.uni.edu/assessment/maki-meaningfulassessment.shtml

EXPORT ESSENTIALS FOR IOWA BUSINESSES NEW

Join Patricia Cook for a presentation from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in BCS 30 to learn about the export services available from the U.S. Department of Commerce in Iowa. Cook serves as an international trade specialist at the Des Moines office of the U.S. Export Assistance Center. Topics include locating distributors and agents, writing an export marketing plan, and tips for international sales success. No registration is required to attend. http://bit.ly/hUQYyO.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS 1 WORKSHOPNEW

Learn the procedure for starting a small business and what resources can help in a free workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, in BCS 33. Advance registration is required. To register, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'ON THE VERGE' DESIGN PRESENTATIONSNEW

Strayer-Wood Theatre will host design presentations for "On The Verge" at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Strayer-Wood Theatre. Come learn about the design process and get the inside scoop before seeing the show in February.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS

Swimming and diving hosts Mankato State at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, in the Glen F. Henry Swimming and Diving Pool in the UNI WRC. Men's basketball hosts Southern Illinois at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, in the McLeod Center. Track and field hosts the Panther Open on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the UNI-Dome.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS HEALTH BEATNEW

If you're looking for a good place to work out where it's not so congested, consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. If you have questions, call 273-2239.

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA REGISTRATION GROUP ID: LHIUNINEW

Sign up for Live Healthy Iowa. The 100-day wellness challenge starts Thursday, Jan. 20. Go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and register your team using the Group ID LHIUNI. Register your two to 10 team members for only $15 per person with the Hy-Vee coupon code found at the checkout at Hy-Vee stores or at www.hyvee.com. If you have questions, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec or e-mail Alyssa Reichelt at alyssar@uni.edu.

FITNESS AND LEISURE PROGRAM CLASSESNEW

Get moving in the new year with new fitness classes at the WRC. With more than 60 classes to choose from, there is sure to be a class to meet your needs and goals. New classes include Zumba, Water Boot Camp, From Start to Finish: Your 5k Run, and Eating & Exercise Success. Register now at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by WRC 101.

PERSONAL TRAINERSNEW

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICESNEW

Tired of hauling all your workout gear through the snow every day? Health Beat has lockers available for rent by the semester. Sign up today with a fitness supervisor at HB or contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP

Are you a chronic dieter? Would you like to learn how to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied? WRS is sponsoring a six-week Intuitive Eating Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 19. Participants will learn how to reject a diet mentality and practice the principles of intuitive eating. For more information or to register, call Joan Thompson at 273-2137.

DINING SPECIALS

BISCOTTI'S LUNCH SPECIALS

Lunch specials at Biscotti's include Panther chili and macaroni and cheese every other Monday. Walking tacos are available on Tuesdays, and hot cider is available on Wednesdays through the end of February. Chicken enchilada soup is available on Thursdays.

HOURS

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS

Maucker Union building hours for spring semester and Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend:
http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/

LIBRARY HOURS FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#mlk. There will be no special vacation loans during the weekend. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID.